The Talisman: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 25, 2012 - Fiction - 944 pages
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The iconic, “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) collaboration between #1 bestselling author Stephen King and Peter Straub—an epic thriller about a young boy’s quest to save his mother’s life.

Why had twelve-year-old Jack Sawyer’s mother frantically moved the two of them from Rodeo Drive to a New York City apartment to the Alhambra, a fading ocean resort and shuttered amusement park in New Hampshire? Who or what is she running from? She is dying . . . and even young Jack knows she can’t outrun death. But only he can save her—for he has been chosen to search for a prize across an epic landscape of dangers and lies, a realm of innocents and monsters, where everything Jack loves is on the line.

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User Review  - Joe73 - LibraryThing

Read this book when I was eleven years old, which is also the year it came out. I was enthralled with it. I loved it then, the layers, the depth. It was a stretch for King. I think he was pulling on ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jane-Phillips - LibraryThing

When two masters of horror team up you get a masterpiece such as The Talisman. I've actually never read any of Peter Straub's work however am a big Stephen King fan. The Talisman is the story of 12 ... Read full review


The Alhambra Inn and Gardens
The Funnel Opens
Speedy Parker
Jack Goes Over
Jack and Lily
INTERLUDE Sloat in This World
The Queens Pavillion
Jack and Wolf Go to Hell
Wolf in the
Jack Lights Out Again
Jacks Dream
Richard at Thayer
Thayer Gets Weird
Thayer Goes to Hell
Send Out Your Passenger

The Oatley Tunnel
Jack in the Pitcher Plant
The Death of Jerry Bledsoe
Jack Goes to the Market
The Men in the
Buddy Parkins
Snowball Sings
INTERLUDE Sloat in This World II
Wolf and the Herd
Wolf Goes to the Movies
Jack in the
Taken by the
The Sunlight Home
The Sermon
Ferd Janklow
Jack Names the Planets
Richard in the Dark
INTERLUDE Sloat in This WorldOrris in the Territories III
INTERLUDE Sloat in This World IV
The Blasted Lands
Jack and Richard Go to
Richard Remembers
The End of the Road
Point Venuti
Speedy on the Beach
INTERLUDE Sloat in This World
The Black Hotel
Jack and the Talisman
News from Everywhere
The Earthquake
In Which Many Things Are Resolved on the Beach
Another Journey

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), the short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, the Bill Hodges trilogy End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and now an AT&T Audience Network original television series), Doctor Sleep, and Under the Dome. His novel 11/22/63—a Hulu original television series event—was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including A Dark Matter. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his novels Lost Boy Lost Girl and In the Night Room, as well as for his recent collection 5 Stories. Straub was the editor of the two-volume Library of American anthology The American Fantastic Tale. He lives in New York City.

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